10 Best Sites To Get Free Backgrounds For Your Mobile Phone

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If you’re the kind of person who quickly gets bored with the image they are using as a background or wallpaper for their phone, having a wide selection of images to choose from is essential. Regardless of the kind of phone that you own, there are a wide variety of websites to choose from with feature images that have been cropped and resized to fit your phone’s screen.

Below is a list of 10 sites that can be used with either the Nexus One, iPhone, G1, Motorola Droid, or just about any kind of phone model you can think of.

It should also be kept in mind that any iPhone wallpaper website can also be used for the Palm Pre since the screen dimensions are exactly the same.

iDesign iPhone

iDesign has over 10,000 images that can be used as iPhone wallpapers, and is updated daily. Choose from over 40 categories including Abstract, Closeups, Fashion and Text. You can search for specific images, and comment on the images available.

You can save the wallpapers on your computer and transfer them when your sync your iPhone, or simply visit the site from your phone to save them.

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Poolga

Poolga features an incredibly high quality collection of iPhone wallpapers submitted by professional artists and designers. While the site is not searchable, and there are no categories, scrolling through the available wallpapers is still incredibly enjoyable.

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You can save the wallpapers on your computer and transfer them when your sync your iPhone, or simply visit the site from your phone to save them.

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Sciphone

Sciphone has an extensive list of categories to choose from, and is constantly being updated. Like any large wallpaper repository, it’s to be expected to find a ton of pictures of scantily clad women, but their other categories feature a wide variety of photographs, digital art and design.

What makes the site worth visiting is its mobile optimisation for the iPhone, making it easier than ever to save the image directly from your iPhone. It should of course be mentioned that not all Sciphone images are safe for work.

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Deserving of a special mention is definitely the aptly named site, iPhone Themes, which contains a wide variety of art, design and photography  in over 20 categories. Hovering over any given wallpaper image will show you what that image would look like displayed on your iPhone.

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Crackberry

Crackberry has the most comprehensive set of searchable Blackberry backgrounds, and takes into account the fact that not every Blackberry screen is the same. The site contains over 20 categories, with thousands of images to choose from. They also feature lists of the most downloaded, the highest rated and most recently added wallpapers.

[NO LONGER WORKS] BBSnap

BBSnap harnesses the power of Flickr allowing you to search for images, and then resize and crop the image to create a customised wallpaper. You can also browse through the wallpapers that have been created by other users in over 10 categories. You can also upload any image of your choice and convert it into a background for your Blackberry.

After selecting your image, choose the model of your phone, and the site will allow you to crop the image to fit your phone.

You can then download it, and if you so choose, submit it to be shared with other users on the site. BBSnap also provides you with a URL to visit from your Blackberry if you would prefer to save the image directly to your phone.

BlackBerry Tune

Blackberry Tune is another great resource for Blackberry wallpapers. Select your phone model, and then choose from up to 12 categories – which varies from model to model. You can then download the image to your computer, to transfer to your phone.

Motorola Droid Wallpapers

From the makers of Sciphone comes the free Motorola Droid repository containing over 20 categories and almost 500 images, including Textures, Technology and Games. It also displays the most recently viewed images, and the site also allows you to search for the image of your choice.

As with Sciphone, it should be mentioned that not all images are safe for work.

G1 Wallpapers

Again from the makers of Sciphone comes the free G1 repository, containing the same categories, but this time, the images are cropped and resized to fit the G1’s screen. The website also displays the most recently viewed images, and allows you to search for the image of your choice.

G1 Wallpapers has almost 1000 images to choose from, and is updated on a regular basis. As with Sciphone, it should be mentioned that not all images are safe for work.

Zedge

Zedge has a convenient cell phone wallpaper maker for just about any model phone you’ve ever thought of, in 4 easy steps. Choose from a limited selection of backgrounds or a solid colour, choose a font, and write in the exact text you want to appear on your wallpaper.

You can then save the image, or visit Zedge’s mobile site from your phone and enter the zCode specified for that image. Using the cell phone wallpaper maker requires you to sign up for a free account.

Zedge also features a huge selection of images that can be used as wallpapers.

Flickr

Flickr is a great resource for cell phone backgrounds, simply by browsing through various groups. The Flickr Group, iPhone Wallpapers is made up of over 5,000 members, and features over 18,000 images from a wide variety of art, photography and design.

The group is, of course, searchable, but unfortunately because of the fact that it is not moderated, some of the images are not correctly sized. That said, the unlimited choices available make it a great wallpaper resource.

The G1 wallpaper group on Flickr, 640×480, is a little bit more modest than the iPhone group, but nonetheless, it features a great variety of photography, art and design, tailored to fit the G1’s screen.

The Motorola Droid is another phone with it’s own dedicated group on Flickr, Motorola Droid Wallpapers and Backgrounds, for adding images tailored to fit the Droid’s screen. The group features over 300 images, including an interesting variety of photography and design images.

And of course there is always the method of using your favourite search engine, whether Google, Bing, or any other site of your choice, and performing an image search for wallpapers for the cell phone of your choice.

Which site do you use to find backgrounds for your mobile phone? Let us know in the comments.

Image credit: James Jordan

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